Research & development companies have an expenditure of over £500 per employee on system software. This is more than four times that of the national average. The vast gulf in spend levels applies to all sizes of organisation.
Electricity & gas supply companies devote around £500m on external software. The largest category is application packages with nearly 40% of the expenditure. Next in line is custom software with a quarter of the spend closely followed by system software.
Public administration organisations are the top spenders on system software with a commitment approaching £600m. Next in line are telecommunication companies with an expenditure of over £400m. Close behind are retailers with an outlay of £370m.
Architectural & engineering consultancy firms with more than 1000 staff spend over £30m on external software. Almost half of that expenditure is on application packages. The remaining three major components have similar outlays.
General insurance firms commit over £300 per employee on system software. This is nearly 3 times that of the whole UK value. Mid sized general insurance companies have the largest outgoing at £500 per staff member. This is over 60% greater than those with 1000+...
Public administration's software outlay amounts to over £2bn. Application packages is the largest component with around a third of the spend. System software and custom software each absorb about a quarter of the expenditure.
Medium sized computer programming & consultancy firms with 100-999 staff devote £600 per employee on system software. This is twice the amount by their larger counterparts and a factor of 5 times that by the equivalent all UK value.
Large food manufacturing companies spend about £1m on software. This compares with the all UK equivalent of almost £3m. The differential is the greatest for development tools where the national outlay is 4.5 times higher.
Large information services companies have an outlay of £1,600 per employee on system software. This is ten times that spent by all large organisations in the UK. Comparison of corresponding medium sized concerns shows a five fold difference.
Veterinary organisations spend around £180 per employee on external software. The largest spend is on custom software with £80 followed by system software at £50. By far the smallest amount is on development tools where the expenditure is under £10 per employee.